Feb. 17, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Nate Johnson scored eight points during an 11-0 run
to open the second half, a burst that helped carry Florida State past Virginia
76-57 on Tuesday night.
Nate Johnson scored all 13 of his points in the second half for Florida
State, which moved into a three-way tie for third place in the ACC. The game
was tied at 27 at halftime, before he sandwiched two 3-pointers around another
jumper to start the second-half spurt.
Elton Brown had 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds for Virginia
(13-10, 3-9), which lost to Florida State for just the fourth time in the last
11 meetings between the schools.
Brown shot 7-for-10 for the Cavaliers, but the rest of his teammates
combined to shoot only 13-for-45 (28.9 percent).
Virginia was within three at one point in the second half, and trailed just
49-45 following Gary Forbes’ 3-pointer with 9:40 remaining.
Florida State answered with an 11-2 run over the next 4:15, pushing the
margin to 60-47 and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
The Seminoles shot only 34.4 percent from the floor in the first half, but
shot 71.4 percent after halftime and finished the game at 49.1 percent overall.
Virginia was held to 36.4 percent shooting for the game.